Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Carrie Rengers

Joe Stumpe is a Wichita-based singer-songwriter who has recently released the CD Jump The Track under his own name. He is also a member of the band Fly By Night and a journalist with more than 30 years of experience.

“I studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and have been a working journalist since 1983 in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and here.

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There is a breed of musician who seeks out new music constantly and attempts to combine old musical elements in new ways. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke with one member of that breed and has more.

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Some musicians pride themselves as songwriters, seeking to write about the truth as they see it. KMUW’s Jedd Beaudoin spoke to one such musician recently and has more.

    

David G. Smith tried his hand as a songwriter in Nashville for nearly two decades but found that it wasn’t always to his liking.

“It was doing bad things to my soul,” he says.

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Thursday, July 9 

Released in 2013 Southeastern became Jason Isbell’s breakthrough record. Newly sober, newly married and more focused than he had been in more than a decade as a recording artist, Isbell unveiled a series of songs that touched on subjects both personal and universal. We’ll hear selections from that album as well as music from Sturgill Simpson’s 2014 album Metamodern Sounds In Country Music.

Friday, July 10

Mark Shelton might best be known for his epic metal stylings in the band Manilla Road but when San Francisco Bay Area label boss Mike Varney asked Shelton to turn up the shred for the compilation U.S. Metal III, Shelton was only too happy to comply with “Flaming Metal Systems.”

The guitar in its many forms and styles is featured throughout June across our music programs. For more information about the shows and their features and to listen to KMUW music shows anytime online, visit our website at kmuw.org.

Most Kansas music lovers are familiar with Jerry Hahn via his tenure in The Jerry Hahn Brotherhood with Mike Finnigan, but here’s a taste of the guitarist on his 1967 debut as bandleader with the Jerry Hahn Quintet with Hahn predicting the musical adventures he would take in the subsequent years and decades.

The guitar in its many forms and styles is featured throughout June across our music programs. For more information about the shows and their features and to listen to KMUW music shows anytime online, visit our website at kmuw.org.

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Ryan Windham’s explorations on the acoustic guitar involve him incorporating techniques more often associated with the instrument’s electric counterpart including two-handed tapping and layered effects. Windham’s approach to the instrument may be unconventional but his playing proves that his main focus is musicality. Here’s Windham captured in performance for the television series Wichita Sessions.

Tricia Demmers

Jason Teubner has performed in a variety of Wichita bands for over a decade now, including Ophil and, more recently, The Great Plains, with his wife, Maria Elena. Here, he discusses one of his more unlikely—but fulfilling musical projects.

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Friday, June 26

In 1984 King Crimson closed out a run of three interesting and now classic albums. The short-lived quartet featuring guitarist and vocalist Adrian Belew, drummer Bill Bruford, bassist Tony Levin and founding member Robert Fripp was in fine form when the group visited Montreal in April of that year. The band’s April 17 show was recorded and released some years later as Absent Lovers. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as from Adrian Belew’s 1993 release The Acoustic Adrian Belew

Wade Hampton

With so many first class songs to his credit, Gooding’s abilities as a guitarist are sometimes overlooked, but whether playing lead lines or layering multiple guitars it’s clear that Gooding’s six string work is always remarkable.

Here’s Gooding with “Devil Gets His Due.”  

The guitar in its many forms and styles is featured throughout June across our music programs. For more information about the shows and their features and to listen to KMUW music shows anytime online, visit our website at kmuw.org.

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